INTERVIEW: Wave Magnetik

Hi Donald, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been great!  Just working on music constantly!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Guide Me”?

Well… “Guide Me”  is a song I co­wrote with Sandra Small of the Smallworld Band.  For the last album and this one too, I always have a popish sounding EDM track on it to change the pace of the album a little bit.  I also am at my core a jazz musician so when I do something in this style I always have to put a little of my roots in it.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I composed this track as part of one of the prizes for my last Indiegogo Campaign.  One of the prizes was for me to write a song dedicated/inspired by the donor.  This song was for the pastor of my church at the time, Rev. Dr. Jennifer Leath, at Allen AME Church in White Plains NY.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes.  We are working on a simple abstract kind of thing.

What was it like to work with Nicholas Ryan Gant and how did he come on board?

It was awesome!  He is a true professional.  I had written the song and was looking for the right vocalist to do the track.  I had asked a few people about it and it just didn’t seem like a good fit. Then I did a gig with a buddy of mine and Nick was on the gig.  He proceeded to lay the smack down on music that the entire band had only seen a few hours before the show!  I then asked him if he would do the track.  He came to the studio and we knocked it out really fast.  Just in and out.  He’s great!

The single comes off your new album Abstract Compulsion!!! ­ what led you to launch a crowdfunding campaign?

I did the crowdfunding campaign because releasing an album is EXPENSIVE!!!!!

What’s the story behind the title?

I call the album Abstract Compulsion because I feel like that is my releationship with music.  I feel like a painter trying to convey a message.  Each note, chord, melody, rhythm and harmony is a color and or shape.  I put all those abstract things together to create art and it all comes from my gut instinct.  Its a compulsion to put these things together.  I usually go with my first idea because it is the most genuine, and emotional.  I’ve always been told emotions are not rational.  The rational mind takes over after too much thought has taken place.  Sometimes that is a good thing, sometimes it’s not.  When  you want to evoke emotion you can’t let the rational mind take over.  After the emotion is down then the rational mind takes what is created and frames it to be digested by others in a comprehensive way.  See… Abstract Compulsion!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was extremely fun and exilerating!  I live for this stuff!  When I sit down to write music the rest of the world doesn’t exist.  I usually start with making a cool bass line or some inspring chords. Then that sparks some other creative line of thought. See, I do this as my job because we all have to make a way in this world, but to me this is a god given gift.  If I don’t do this and enjoy it, then I feel like I’m turning my back on the creater.  So recording, writing, and performing all fall in the catagory of I can’t picture doing anything else!

What draw you into the EDM scene?

The way I got into this aspect of music is kind of a long story.  When I was 16 I would have never thought this is what I would be doing.  Basicly, I was always fascinated with the recording side of the music industry.  I would make tapes with a 4 track tascam machine my dad had when I was in high school.  I then recorded my first jazz record “Spirituality” when I was at Rutgers and I had no money to get it mixed, so I learned how to mix it myself from watching youtube.  Then as I kept recording more music I was hearing more sounds, textures, and colors in my music that I could not create with acoustic instruments, so I slowly edged my way to electronic production because that was the only way to get the sound I was looking for.  Then in 2012 I lost my apartment and was basicly homeless.  Then, right at that moment a circus calls and asks me to play trumpet on their tour.  So, I said “HELL YEAH!” I was not going to be homeless roughing it like that.  So, I took the money I had and bought a new computer and some recording gear and all I had with me on this tour was my trumpet, 2 weeks worth of clothes, and my computer. Thats it!  I had nothing else period!  On the road my time was so free that all I did everyday was produce music.  I didn’t have to worry about anything in regard to money, housing, or food so I produced all day and played trumpet at night.  Thats how I started to get deeper in this.  Then when I got off the road I moved back to New York and my new roomate Kush Abadey(first drummer in Wave Magnetik) and I clicked right away.  I showed him some of the tracks I was working on and we would jam over them for hours.  It got so good that we started booking shows.  People dug it so now I keep doing it.

How do you work your way out to blend both your Jazz training with Dance music?

To me it is simple.  I love the spontinaity and freedom of playing jazz.  Improvisation to me is one of the best ways of expression in music.  Also, I am a trumpet player.  The lineage of the trumpet is undeniably essential in jazz.  So no matter what I do as long trumpet is involved its going to be jazz influenced.  Dance music is all about making people feel the rythm of the music so much that they want to get up and dance.  So I make beats that make people move while improvising on top to give the wow factor.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitly!  We will be in Cleveland, OH June 2nd at the Bop Stop and Erie Pa on June 3rd at Kings Rook.  We also have tours booked through september.  You can find our full tour schedule on our website, and on our facebook page  .

What else is happening next in Wave Magnetik’s world?

I’m constantly writing and recording so as soon as this album is out there will be more.  I’ve already got another album written that will be released later this year.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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  1. Great interview! Always a pleasure to go inside the mind behind the talent and creative process. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Always do what you love and love what you do!

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